Cyan

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Cyan Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
17 Reviews
3.7
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good people upcoming company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Petaluma, CA

    I worked at Cyan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, fun environment makes you put in more when required.

    Cons

    Org structure was a bit nebulous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing is good but needs more coordination with engineering.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    high risk choice

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA

    I worked at Cyan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good people
    nice area of Northern California
    lot's to learn

    the place still has a startup mentality, which is a benefit and a curse; it makes it the atmosphere more vibrant, but ... see cons

    Cons

    below-average benefits
    below-average pay
    below-inflation raises
    it's not going to get better for a while

    the startup mentality here also hurts; little to no documentation - never saw a software design document - also never wrote one, who had time? everything is very ad hoc - somebody must be planning, please tell me somebody has a plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great products, great software, unclear structure, need more coordination across different group

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Petaluma, CA

    I worked at Cyan full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cyan has simple-yet-effective hardware that can do the job for being optical transport box.
    The software offering in SDN arena is one of the leading tools that is hard to beat on the market.
    The service offered to Customer makes Customer's life a lot easier, plus the Customer support team has the diverse knowledge of nearly all products that needs support.

    Cons

    The team is preferably on site, which make sense, but sometimes this is reducing efficiency in getting work done.
    The coordination across group, tend to be a bit convoluted due to induced process to get things done, especially between non-engineering to engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Process is good, but try to be flexible in allowing team member to help out, and direct the team member that are 'lost' with the clear and concise guide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA

    I have been working at Cyan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chance to work with the latest technologies with a smart, dedicated team. Though a public company, still has the feeling of a startup. Management has been very successful in their previous companies.

    Cons

    Beautiful location but far from the South Bay. Trying to compete with much bigger companies with much bigger budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't bet the company on a few big customers. Bring in a more formal (but agile) development process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA

    I have been working at Cyan full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on the very latest stuff in software and hardware. Even with 140 engg's the co's culture is very agile with very quick adoption of new technologies relevant to our work. The company is very opensource friendly and constantly contributes (in code and 'kind') to various opensource projects. Very good work culture and you can literally choose your work style, from relaxed to extremely aggressive like in a small startup.

    Cons

    Office space is a little boring with tight cubicles! Sometimes there's lack of clarity and communication at the upper echelons of management (which is not very high as we've mostly a flat hierarchy).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bright, engineering-driven culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA

    I have been working at Cyan full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Engineering culture that is open and inclusive that values technical excellence and an open collaborative environment. Cutting-edge company who are leaders in their field, generating an atmosphere of excitement and possibility.

    Cons

    Software-development process leaves something to be desired. Poor focus on requirements-gathering and agile methodology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adopting agile development in a big way. This is often seen as a burden on engineering, but the truth is that as an engineer who has worked in shops with very strong agile methodology, the process protects the engineer as much as the customer and the company. Use Jira's greenhopper capabilities for planning and do every-two-week sprints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Petaluma, CA

    I worked at Cyan full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Typical tech company. Nice workspace, fun activities, good people. I was given opportunities to work on different projects, which was a great way to learn different aspects of the business.

    Cons

    On the flip side of that, I was not given an opportunity to work in my domain as I didn't have the work experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better coffee. Cultivate talent from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Place to grow and great potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Cyan full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Highly intelligent crew and technical leaders. Projects are exciting and the company is going somewhere. It isn't just meeting the status quo. You don't need to be a perfect match to work here. This company gets it with software engineers. If you're good it doesn't matter if you don't know a specific language. They give you the opportunity to learn, and also move between projects where you would be most useful or interested in. The company also has direction, products that are ahead or better than larger companies, so this could potentially be a great success story.

    Cons

    Why are the cons the HQ location? Being in one of the most beautiful areas of California is a con? Ok then.

    We get leadership where it counts and from where it counts but CEO is not often in the picture. Need a strong advocate with energy and excitement about what we're doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going with communicating all our plans with the employees. Keep letting everyone know where we're headed and what our plans our. This has recently been done and is a great benefit to understand the company as a whole.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not too bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA

    I have been working at Cyan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beer on Fridays in summer(Nothing this year though)
    Decent Projects to work on.
    Some folks are really smart and work really hard(but those are less and company depends on them)
    They have the potential ; they just need to make good things happen fast

    Cons

    -When you see a five star rosy review, you secretly know the kind of company we are ;-)
    -Fast going out of cash.
    -Low pay and even lower pay raise at the end of year that doesn't even cover inflation
    -HR sucks big time. They are rude and un resourceful
    -The HQ location is the graveyard of old/dead telecom companies(lol wine country and beauty what not)
    -A good section of Engineering Workforce is old and grumpy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know you are awesome already and there is no room for improvement. Great job guys ... Cheering and Clapping follows. To the future \m/

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Petaluma, CA

    I have been working at Cyan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -SDN technology (but everyone is doing it).
    -Great place if you are an intern.
    -nothing else

    Cons

    - Management holds employees accountable for all product lines...regardless of training.
    - Management does not look out for the best interest of its employees
    - Career advancement non-existing.
    - Pay is inadequate for the responsibilities.
    - North Bay where older people retire and drink wine.
    - Too small of a company and employees are disgruntled.
    - Co-workers are very unhelpful and are not willing to assist.
    - Stock options have declined drastically.
    - 2 weeks of product training and then you are on your own.
    - No defined job expectation for accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new management because what you have obviously isn't working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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